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August 4 - a day with regal history

The fourth day of August turned out to be a very good one for the House of Windsor. Two of its most famous women made their debut on that date. They joined a rather interesting list of people with regal connections who celebrated birthdays then. As the royal bunting comes out once more for the Duchess of Sussex’s celebrations, here’s a look at those born on August 4th. Birth of the…
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Two kings, two mistresses and a luxury yacht

In 1937 King Carol II of Romania bought a luxury yacht called Nahlin, which he renamed Luceafarul (The Evening Star) and embarked on a romantic cruise with his mistress, Elena Lupescu. At the time, Elena, who was also known by the names of Lupeasca, Magda, and Duduia, had been Carol’s mistress for over twelve years. Crown Prince Carol had married Princess Elena of Greece in March 1921…
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New Zealand: one country, two monarchs

As a member of the Commonwealth Realms, New Zealand, like 15 other nations, shares the British Royal Family and The Queen as head of state. But what most people don’t realise, is that since 1858, New Zealand has had its own King, through the Māori King Movement, with the…
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Anne at 70: the christening of a princess

The Princess Royal marks her 70th birthday in August 2020. It’s a milestone in any life and this special celebration has brought plenty of reflection on Anne’s public life. For seven decades, the princess has been one of the most high profile royals in the world. Even as a baby, she was making the news. Royal Central looks back at the first day she really stole the royal show, her…
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Royal Wedding Flowers: Zara Tindall

This is one royal wedding bouquet you’re not going to miss. When the Princess Royal’s only daughter, Zara, married Mike Tindall in Edinburgh on July 30th 2011, her flowers made a striking impression. For, unusually among royal brides, Zara included a splash of colour among the blooms she carried. This wasn’t just any old burst of brightness. The bride’s bouquet included thistles, a…
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